NYPD on high alert after brake line cut on NYPD officer’s patrol car, causing crash


QUEENS, NY – A New York Police Department marked vehicle was involved in a crash on October 7th.  Police inspected the vehicle to determine what occurred, and determined that the brake lines had been cut.

The incident occurred when two New York City Police officers, who were assigned the to Transit District 20 Division, ran into the back of another vehicle who had stopped for a red light in Queens.  The officers, who were involved in the crash, noticed that they had no brakes when they went to stop for the vehicle near Queens Boulevard and the Union Turnpike.

Thankfully, the crash was at a slow speed, but there were what was described as minor injuries from the crash.  Officers had the vehicle towed to their fleet maintenance and a mechanic found the brake lines had been cut while doing an inspection of the vehicle.

Unfortunately, officers have no idea when the brake lines were cut…or where.  The only thing they can determine is that the cut was made on the driver’s side of the vehicle. 

Officers will process the vehicle for any forensic evidence, such as DNA or fingerprints, to try to determine who may have caused the damage.  They will also review video from the Transit District 20 headquarters to see if someone was captured messing with the vehicle.

Sadly, this is not the first time a New York Police car had been sabotaged since the death of George Floyd while in police custody, in May of this year.  In September, officers who were patrolling the Brooklyn area heard a mysterious sound coming from underneath their marked vehicle as they were driving it.

Officers exited the vehicle to inspect it, and discovered a cloth that was wrapped around and axle, and saw brake fluid leaking.  Thankfully, in that situation, no one was hurt.

Incidents like these are not only occurring in New York, they are also happening in other areas, like in Baltimore where officers have seen police cars vandalized.  In some cases, criminals have even stuffed items in tail pipes, so the vehicles exhaust would enter the passenger compartment of the vehicle. 

City Councilman Yitzy Schleifer recently spoke with the local Fox45 in Baltimore about some of the targeted attacks against the police precinct property that have transpired recently:

“People, throwing rocks and bricks through the windows. We had previous incidents where people have filled officers tail pipes, which can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Just a few weeks ago at the Major’s office window, a brick was thrown through that.”

Over the past two months, there have been four incidents related to targeted vandalism against the precinct, and the vehicles hosted on the property. On October 15th, department officials had confirmed two incidents that occurred just recently.

In August of this year, BPD had made an arrest related to some of the vandalism that has occurred.

During the time of that arrest, Commissioner Michael Harrison released a statement noting that this sort of vandalism will result in consequences for those found to be responsible:

“Acts of aggression and violence against our officers and police property will not be tolerated and those responsible for these acts have been arrested. The men and women of the Baltimore Police Department continue to work hard and make sacrifices to make our city safer.”

But with the recent incidents that have occurred, Councilman Schleifer explained that it’s indicative of a larger problem.

While escorting the local news crew on the grounds of the precinct, Councilman Schleifer showed how easily accessible the precinct grounds are:

“You shouldn’t be able to simply just walk onto the lot… There’s no security on this lot. It’s completely dangerous for the officers.”

Councilman Schleifer hopes, considering recent incidents, that the city puts a priority on either renovating the building for security purposes or simply finding a new precinct location:

“The Commissioner can put this on the top list of stations that need to be rebuilt or relocated or a combination of both. He could do that with capital funds the department has, or the mayor’s office can certainly do that.”

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Police cars damaged, officers attacked, car bomb threats investigated, private homes targeted in latest Portland riot

August 22, 2020

PORTLAND, OR — Riots in Portland, Oregon are well into their third month and last night police were once again working to clear the “protesters” accused of damaging police cards, throwing objects and pointing blinding lasers at them.

A riot was declared early Saturday outside the Police department’s north precinct. Smoke was deployed and officers attempted to physically forced protesters away from the area, news outlets reported.

“Protesters” broke patrol car windows, police said, and glass bottles were thrown and blinding lasers aimed at officers. Videos posted online showed many “protestors” being detained during the riot.  Portland Police arrested only nine people in conjunction with the chaos.

Antifa “protesters” are getting more and more brazen as their actions are being deemed acceptable in many circles.  They are harassing businesses and destroying taxpayer’s property. 

In certain areas of Seattle, “protesters” demanded that white residents “Give me your house”, during “protests” last week.

Last night they were marching in residential areas in Northeast Portland, shining lights into homes and demanding people come out.

In spite of the odds being stacked against them, the men and women of the beleaguered Portland Police Department continue to  fight to defend the lives, rights and property of the law abiding citizens amongst them.

They continue to risk their safety to try and restore some type of order to a city that is rapidly turning into a war zone. They inform the public and work with other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to keep threats at bay.

And they do this with little or no support from the powers that be in the District Attorney’s Office.  A recent Forbe’s report shows that most of the 500-plus people charged with misdemeanors or felonies during violent clashes with law enforcement during Portland, Oregon, Black Lives Matter “protests” will not be prosecuted.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced this recently, leaving the the police bureau very concerned and saying that this condones the destructive behavior.

“I understand what they’re concerned about,” Schmidt said during a press conference, “but at the same time, they have their job and their duties, and that means they will make an arrest when they see that the law’s been broken.

And then I have my job and my duties, which is to have the discretion on whether or not to pursue charges.”

Officials in this liberal leaning city have fought off any type of assistance in restoring law and order from locally enforcing the law to allowing federal officers to protect federal facilities.

Leaked letter to Portland politicians shows just how horrific violence against police has gotten

Editor note: This letter to the mayor and DA in Portland was obtained by Law Enforcement Today and previous to now, has not been released to the public.  The mayor and DA have no commented on it.  When you read it, you’ll realize it’s because there can’t possibly be a response that’s appropriate other than them flat out resigning.

PORTLAND, OR- Mayor Wheeler and District Attorney Schmidt:

Over the last two nights, we have seen premeditated attempts by rioters to burn down the East Precinct, which is connected to residential apartments occupied by general members of the public.

The people intent on rioting, violence, arson, and assault are not peaceful protestors; they are criminals who come prepared with helmets, masks, shields, fake “press” passes, rocks, mortars, fireworks, and other handheld weapons.

Watch: ‘Wall of Moms’ protect rioters in Portland from federal officers, chant 'all cops are bastards'
Watch: ‘Wall of Moms’ protect rioters in Portland from federal officers, chant ‘all cops are bastards’

They were not peacefully using words or signs of protest to enact social reform, racial equity, or police reform; they were wielding weapons meant to destroy property and harm people.

Here are some examples of the weapons carried by rioters just last night, including a loaded handgun:

NYPD on high alert after brake line cut on NYPD officer's patrol car, causing crash

Twice in the last two days, these rioters have accomplished their mission: chaos and destruction.

That is because the Police Bureau’s operational direction from the Police Commissioner and City Council, is to let the violence escalate almost to the point of no return, and only then can the Police Bureau intervene.

That is insane.

Police should have the latitude to prevent crime, not watch it happen and only intervene after the fact. It does not stop there. Although the Police Bureau has made 21 arrests in those two days, I have no doubt that those arrested will get away with their crimes without any consequence or accountability from the District Attorney’s Office.

As Police Commissioner and District Attorney, your primary jobs are public safety, not politics. You are failing.

Do not bother asking the many, many officers who have been injured by rocks, bottles, and have had mortars hurled at them with the sole intent to injure.

Do not bother asking the many female and Black officers who have endured racial slurs, threats of rape, and threats to their personal and family safety.

Neither of you seems to care much about the officers. Instead, ask these two elderly women about their experiences last night:

NYPD on high alert after brake line cut on NYPD officer's patrol car, causing crash

The first, armed only with a walker, a fire extinguisher, and a homemade BLM poster, tried to put out a fire last night in front of the East Precinct. In return, she endured harassment and assault from rioters. Watch the videos here, here, here, and here.

NYPD on high alert after brake line cut on NYPD officer's patrol car, causing crash

The second, armed only with her words, was physically assaulted by rioters who threw paint on her, put hands on her, and yelled in her face. Watch the videos here and here.

NYPD on high alert after brake line cut on NYPD officer's patrol car, causing crash

Neither of these two innocent members of the public will get justice.

None of the rioters who engaged in criminal acts against these two women will be held accountable. Why? Because neither of you will do anything about it.

To Mayor Wheeler, our Police Commissioner:

You are telling the Police Bureau what it can and cannot do to maintain the peace. Whatever operational direction you are giving the Police Bureau is not working. Our City is filled with violence.

It is reckless for you to handcuff the Police Bureau by telling our officers to intervene only after violence has occurred, but not to take necessary action to prevent violence before it happens. Step up and do your job; let the Police Bureau reestablish peace on our streets and support the Bureau and its officers when they do so.

To District Attorney Schmidt:

You ran on a platform of police accountability, which was a thinly veiled threat to indict police officers. What about indicting rioters who loot, burn, destroy, and assault? What about your ethical and moral duties to uphold the law and keep all our citizens safe?

The people committing arson and assault are not peaceful protestors; they are criminals. Step up and do your job; hold the rioters accountable. If there is no consequence for crimes from the District Attorney’s office, there is no reason for criminals to stop the chaos.

I am disgusted that our City has come to this. If it is acceptable for rioters to commit acts of violence against community members and to try and burn down occupied buildings, and if this conduct is allowed to continue, then Portland is lost. Our communities demand accountability.

That includes you two being accountable to the public. Allow our Police Officers to do the job they swore an oath to do, to stop crime and the fear of crime. Use the criminal justice system to hold criminals accountable for their crimes with actual consequences.

Let the Police Chief, his command staff, and the rank-and-file officers do their jobs in protecting the City from the rioters who are bent on destroying our City, burning our police precincts, and assaulting officers or anyone else who gets in their way. Portland has had enough.


Daryl Turner, President
Portland Police Association


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